It’s a situation that many of us are familiar with. Just when we think we’ve ran the gauntlet of the Christmas rush and sit down to enjoy a nice, relaxing Christmas Eve, we suddenly realise there is a loved one we have forgotten about and it’s time to go out once again and brave the crowds in the last minute dash for presents. Here, Accident Advice Helpline presents a handy survivor’s guide for that last minute Christmas Eve present rush.
Plan well ahead for Christmas Eve
Effective planning can help in any situation. Make a list of all the people you intend to buy for and check it thoroughly before declaring the Christmas shopping finished. In the unfortunate event that you do to have to embark upon some last minute shopping, the advent of the internet is a wonderful thing. Check online which stores are open, and until which times, to avoid any disappointment.
Check all local traffic reports
So now you’ve found the store and the present you are looking for. Before you set off, check any traffic and travel updates to avoid heavy congestion, take your time whilst driving, and allow for adverse conditions along the way.
All stores are under a lot of pressure during the Christmas period and it’s safe to say in some cases, the standard of upkeep falls dramatically. Floors become strewn with the debris of discarded items, understaffed outlets are under serious pressure to man the tills and keep the premises clean simultaneously, which means that often, spillages are not mopped up, creating a serious hazard of slipping, tripping and falling.
Often, it is other people we have to be most aware of when performing that last minute dash for Christmas presents. Large crowds of people can make Christmas shopping an unpleasant experience. Be extra vigilant of thieves or opportunistic pickpockets, who use the throng of shoppers as excellent cover to ruin Christmas for someone else.
Thank you for reading Accident Advice Helpline’s survivor’s guide to last minute Christmas present shopping. Remember if you’ve suffered an accident on a retailer’s premises within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact us today on our freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500 – for more information.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown